Meanwhile, Vanity Fair reports a fracas over Giuliani's future in which Ivanka Trump and Jared Kushner are lobbying to send Giuliani packing, while outside influences like Corey Lewandowski and campaign alum David Bossie are fighting to keep him in place.
Giuliani made a similar comment last month on ABC News when he suggested that the president knew that Cohen was pursuing the project into 2016.
"My recent statements about discussions during the 2016 campaign between Michael Cohen and then-candidate Donald Trump about a potential Trump Moscow "project" were hypothetical and not based on conversations I had with the President", Giuliani said in a statement.
On Friday, the office of Special Counsel Robert Mueller who leads the investigation took the rare step of disputing elements of a BuzzFeed News report that Trump directed Cohen to lie to Congress about the Moscow real estate deal. No other media outlets could confirm the report, but chose to dedicate pages and screen time to the claim with the irresponsible qualifier "if true".
The Daily Caller has reached out to NBC News for comment.
"I don't know if it happened or didn't happen", Giuliani said, later adding, "And so what if he talked to him about it?"
Trump's lead counsel, Rudy Giuliani, certainly wants to portray it this way.
According to a report in the Washington Post, when a BuzzFeed reporter first sought remark in the explosive report that Trump had asked Cohen to lie to the Congress, Carr treated the request as he did with any other story.
This is far from the first time Giuliani has been forced to issue a clarification, as he has frequently offered contradictory accounts of developments in the Russian Federation investigation. He tried to walk the comments back on Monday, claiming that he was speaking in hypotheticals.
Trump insisted repeatedly throughout the presidential campaign that he had no business dealings in Russian Federation. "He had a major slip".
At the same time, Giuliani made headlines of his own. He also acknowledged in a separate interview with NBC News that conversations about that project stretched throughout 2016, including possibly up until October or November of that year. Giuliani on Monday insisted that he had never said Trump was involved in negotiations until the "day" he won the 2016 presidential election, as reported by the Times, and claimed the newspaper was "absolutely wrong".
Still, Giuliani is regarded as an important member of the legal team. The letter of intent was also quite detailed. And TV networks have not shown any reluctance to book Giuliani, despite his unreliability, because of his rock-solid resume and the lack of any Trump surrogates willing to appear on a cable network that is not Fox News.
"I am afraid it will be on my gravestone".
Just before the media fallout from the BuzzFeed article, Giuliani told CNN's Chris Cuomo that he "never said there was no collusion" between Russian Federation and the Trump campaign, a focus of the Mueller investigation, just that the president would not necessarily be aware of it because thousands of people worked to get him elected. But, if it is, so what do I care?